Venus and the Sun conjuncted a few days ago. Now, as Venus edges out a bit to the east of Sol, she meets Mars, who’s moving into one of his rare-ish solar conjunctions.
For now – April 6 and 7, 2013 – Venus and Mars are conjunct just east of the Sun, as loosely depicted above by Titian, c. 1530*. The amorously conjoined planets are too close to the Sun to be visible to the naked (and unprotected eye): less than 1 degree from each other, and less than 3 degrees from the Sun.
Sun-Mars conjunctions are kind of a big deal, since the Sun gets together with Mars less often than any of the other planets, even big slow-moving Saturn or Jupiter. Mars only conjuncts the Sun every 25-to-26 months.
Even Johannes Kepler, modern master of comprehending planetary motion, struggled to formulate a theory to express the movement of Mars… Like a wayward friend on the day you need help moving, Mars shows up when he feels like it.
Especially in contrast to the elegantly predictable eight-year cycle of Venus, Mars is more like the guy your parents don’t trust to bring you home on time. This is part of what fuels Mars’ reputation as war-like and rebellious. And his depictions in art? Think Renaissance-era Sexy Fireman calendars. That Bad-Boy mystique has some serious mileage on it.
Mars and Venus don’t meet often either. After this encounter, they go their separate ways until late February 2015, but then separate again. They have a near-miss in early February 2017, but Venus retrogrades away at 5 degrees. They finally reunite in early October 2017, this times in the predawn sky and far enough ahead of the Sun (23 degrees) for splendid viewing.
But right now, Sun, Venus and Mars are clustered together. The grouping will separate over the coming week, but for now I’ll be opening my awareness to how this might feel – my desire for harmony and beauty and love (Venus) mingling with my various passions and life-force exuberance (Mars), and my ability to conjoin and embody these qualities, and then step it all forth as my presence in the world (Sun).
…the force that through the green fuse drives the flower…
May Mars in his ancient aspect of wildwood Mars Silvanus carry His instigating spark into this arriving Spring.
*Titian’s “Mars, Venus und Amor,” plus a sky-shot via Starry Night astronomical software, and a vintage Sun. PS: Mars and Venus were conjunct the Sun in 1530, too. Did Titian know? Or care?
“Descanso de Marte,” Diego Velázquez, 1640.
Some phrases lifted directly from the Night Sky book, © 2011.